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  1. It's definitely the first job I've had that I enjoy the most. It's a Eurocopter AS350 BA that we're flying in. I'm still new to learning about helicopters and different models but I think it's pretty standard for a typical news chopper, I definitely could be wrong.
  2. Thanks for the helpful hints guys! I went back to train again today and was sitting up front with the pilot. I had to act as co-pilot and received GPS coordinates for our news scenes from the source and input them into the pilot's GPS and my own GPS (standard car garmin). I also communicated with the engineering to deploy the video via the microwave antenna. I was out for several calls today and felt wonderful! I skipped the Dramamine and did take a ginger supplement for what it's worth. I definitely find sitting up front helps immensely. I'm really getting the hang of all the controls (video and radio) and am really getting comfortable. A cold front was coming in today and was creating some big turbulance and I still felt ok! It really is mind over matter I'm finding, as well - like you all said.
  3. Nope. Just the times mentioned in the past. So maybe a handful of times in total so far.
  4. Here is an update everyone. It's been about 4 or 5 months since I've first investigated this job. The local news company had the camera upgraded from a Flir to a Cineflex HD cam. I'm being trained now (this week) and am experiencing these feelings all over again. So, yesterday I was up in the air for about a total of 3.5/4 hours almost straight. I learned how to re-fuel the beast, how to work the camera, and communicate with the news desk to transmit the video signal to the news station via the microwave. I did get sick once yesterday at the very end, we were maybe 30 seconds from the airport. I was so disappointed with myself because I had been fine all day. I usually start getting pretty hot and sweating a lot once we're up there the first few minutes, then I get acclimated and I'm fine. I did take a less drowsy dramamine just to make myself feel better in case anything were to happen - I still got sick. It wasn't a lot at all just a tiny bit but it still happened. So maybe dramamine isn't the best option? I plan to take ginger supplements for my next training (tomorrow) - hopefully that works better. I'm REALLY hoping my body just gets used to flying and this eventually feeling goes away altogether. The other camera OP training me was drinking a full mug of coffee on takeoff and during the flight so nonchalantly - I want to be like that! Anyone else have any tips? It's so appreciated! Thanks in advance - again!
  5. These are all really helpful tips, thank you! I'm hoping that this is something my body will naturally adjust to after repeated exposure. I will be going back for some more camera training on the ground next week. I was originally supposed to train on the ground only...but as I arrived a news story came in that they had to cover so I went up with them on a whim. The pilot and the current camera operator did their normal routine (they were both sitting up front) and I was merely observing the process. I was seated in the back left side (behind the camera operator) watching everything, trying to absorb as much as I could. After they got the necessary shots and streamed the video back to the station, they handed me the controls and let me have a crack at it. The pilot would pick out targets for me to cover, like selecting a car going down the highway and follow it - which is about the hardest task you can do especially when zoomed in on the vehicle. The possibility of me getting this job obviously depends on the quality of my camera work (which went a lot better after the first couple minutes of figuring out the controls) and also not getting air/motion sick. There were barf bags on board, just in case. I think at first my excitement overshadowed the possibility of motion/air sickness and it wasn't until I was done filming and we were headed back to the hanger that I began to feel hot and slightly uncomfortable. I'm guessing I was overheating too because the pilot and camera operator weren't wearing nearly as many layers as I was. Do you think adrenaline could cause this too? ...coming down off of a "high" of some sort once we were heading back? Some people have suggested ginger supplements or candy to combat the possibility of motion/air sickness - I wasn't sure how well they'd work but I guess I could always give it a try. I'll follow all the tips previously posted, too, as they seem to help.
  6. Hey Everyone, First time poster here with some general questions...first I should give you some background about myself and why I'm posting here. Just recently, I've gone looking for another job. I'm a college student studying film & video. I stumbled upon an awesome job which I'm currently being trained for. As you may have guessed, it's relating to helicopters. My job is riding along in a local news helicopter in PA, acting as the camera operator for the news station. Today was my first flight off the ground where I got some actual training filming things on the ground. I don't get motion sickness in cars/planes/busses/trains and I never physically got sick but I started feeling uncomfortable toward the end of the flight as we were landing. We were probably in the air for maybe 45 minutes...this was also my first helicopter flight ever, too. I started sweating a lot near the end...mind you I was wearing many layers (t-shirt, long sleeve button up shirt, and a winter jacket) all while in the chopper. Today in PA was relatively chilly, about 40 degrees for the high. I popped off the jacket and rolled up my sleeves which did help. The only other thing I could find that bothered me were my ears popping like crazy and some pressure on my head. I was looking down a lot using the camera controls and watching a monitor from my seat...if that would cause any of this. The pilot did some large swooping/bank turns which I'm sure contributed to my feelings. My question is...I ultimately got the job and will be going back for more training before becoming a part-time/back up camera operator. I understand it was my first flight ever....is there anything I could do to improve myself for my next flight? I've read ginger candy if I felt sick, which I really didn't. Maybe I'd leave behind the winter jacket for a lighter jacket next time. Any input/advice would be extremely helpful! Thanks in advance!
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